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Assistant Director Residential Life (4553U) 18199

University of California, Berkeley
San Francisco

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Assistant Director Residential Life (4553U) 18199 About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: May 19, 2021

Departmental Overview

The Berkeley campus community is committed to maintaining an environment that encourages personal and intellectual growth and has established rules of conduct intended to foster behavior consistent with a civil, educational setting. This position will play a critical role within Residential Life and the Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students (AVC/DoS) team. Residential Life provides critical services to support 13K residents residing in University owned housing units serving as the primary contact for residents/families in conduct and community standards, community engagement, academic support, safety/security concerns, critical incident/emergency response, and wellness. The AVC/DoS team, within the Division of Student Affairs, provides essential programs, services and resources for the co-curricular student experiences of UC Berkeley undergraduate and graduate students. The AVC/DoS team includes: Public Service Center, Center for Student Conduct, ASUC Student Union, LEAD Center, Center for Support & Intervention, Career Center, New Student Services, Recreational Sports, Residential Life, Student Environmental Resource Center, and Student Legal Services.

The Assistant Director of Residential Life within Dean of Student's portfolio is charged with the leadership and management of residential communities including overseeing the execution of programmatic operations for residential students, direct supervision of 4-5 professional staff and 45-55 student staff that support the academic mission of the University by contributing to students' out of classroom learning, ensuring the safety and security of over 2500 students, and maintaining relationships with various departmental, divisional, and campus partners. Using specialized knowledge of learning and student development theories, the Assistant Director develops curricula and learning outcomes for the residential curriculum (programming model), leads their team through the residential curriculum, trains and guides staff on Student Affairs best practices, and presents to the campus on impact. As a member of the Residential Life leadership team, the Assistant Director participates in the strategic planning of the department, and provides feedback and recommendations on organizational or staffing needs.


Supervision and Management
Provide direction and guidance to subordinates, including assistance on most complex and sensitive issues. Provide supervision, coaching, training, evaluation and performance management for employees, as well as the design and supervision of professional development plans. Recommend hiring, and separation of employees when appropriate. Conduct regular check-in meetings, staff meetings, and annual performance appraisals; make merit recommendations and other recognitions. As chair of a committee, provide guidance and feedback to staff who may not be a direct report and inform direct supervisor.

Programmatic and Community Development
Work with and coach direct reports and other staff to design innovative workshops, develop curricula and instructional materials. Identify and implement innovative strategies. Ensure staff design, develop, implement, and deliver multi-format programs to enhance the learning process for students. Create direction, train and advise on academic success and community development programs in each residential community. Ensure learning outcomes and program standards are met and are responsive to student's needs. Develop assessment processes for residential programs and activities. Use and share data to refresh and improve residential programs and activities on an ongoing basis. Recommend modification of programs to enhance program effectiveness.

Establish and maintain partnerships with internal teams including Residential Faculty, Facility Managers and Conduct and Community Standards. Establish and maintain partnerships with partners on the broader campus, including the academic departments, the , AVC/DoS team, City of Berkeley partners, Center for Educational Justice and Community, and Student Affairs departments. Represent Residential Life on campus committees and working groups.

Crisis Management and Students of Concern
Consult with Resident Directors (RDs) on assessing crisis situations and provide direction for action to be taken. Facilitate conversations with students, staff, administrators and parents in crisis situations. Ensure the timely and thorough completion of conduct processes and reports. Participate in the rotation of the “administrator on call” in order to provide immediate consultative support to staff managing crisis interventions and student mental health issues.

Manage, coordinate, and recommend modification of departmental and multi-unit projects and programs within Residential Life designed to achieve specific learning outcomes and to enhance program effectiveness (e.g. theme programs administration, Resident Faculty and campus partner programming collaborations). Chair a committee by providing structure and direction to members of the group Provide stewardship and strong risk management oversight of University resources.

Required Qualifications
  • Advanced knowledge in learning theories, advising, and counseling techniques.
  • Knowledge of student development theories and practice.
  • Cognizant of specific learning styles and residential curriculum models.
  • Knowledge of how learning skills issues apply to a research institution.
  • Knowledge of academic curricula and student academic support services.
  • Knowledge in designing and implementing learning and pedagogical models.
  • Advanced oral and written communication skills.
  • Advanced interpersonal skills and intercultural competence, including a demonstrated understanding of diversity, inclusion and social justice.
  • Demonstrated experience in judgment and decision-making, problem-solving and organizational skills in a student life environment.
  • Skills in monitoring/assessing processes or services to make improvements.
  • Experience supervising, coaching, and evaluating professional staff.
  • Knowledge of risk assessment principles and demonstrated experience in evaluating risks in a student life environment.
  • Knowledge in the areas of counseling and crisis intervention, conflict mediation, student and leadership development theory, student conduct administration, multicultural and educational programming, academic support, and safety and security programs.
  • Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training

Preferred Qualifications
  • Master's degree in counseling, higher education or student affairs strongly preferred.
  • 5 or more years of professional work in a Residence Life or equivalent experience.

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Diversity Statement

Please include, as part of your application a brief (1-2 paragraph) statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in your professional experience.

Advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion are fundamental to our UC Berkeley Principles of Community, which states that “every member of the UC Berkeley community has a role in sustaining a safe, caring, and humane environment in which these values can thrive.”

Other Information

This is a full-time, career position.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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